April 29, 1999

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Dick Bennett, one of 15 finalists for the 1999 Naismith National Coach of the Year Award, and his Wisconsin women’s team counterpart, Jane Albright-Dieterle, will direct the 1999 Big Ten Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Foreign Tour teams this summer. The men’s trip will feature games in Austria, while the women will compete in Germany and Belgium.

The 10th annual foreign tours will depart the United States on August 5 and will compete against teams over a course of 10 days. Bennett’s and Albright-Dieterle’s rosters will be solidified over the upcoming weeks, and the teams will gather in Madison for training camp from August 2-5.

Bennett just completed his fourth season (69-54, .561) as head coach of the Badgers and his 23rd season overall (429-243, .638). In addition to being a Naismith finalist in 1999, Bennett was one of 10 nominees for Associated Press National Coach of the Year and one of the six finalists for the Clair Bee Award. He is the only coach in Wisconsin history to lead the Badgers to at least 17 wins in three different seasons and the only UW coach to take the Badgers to postseason play three times (two NCAA and one NIT). Last season Bennett directed the Badgers to the winningest season in school history with a 22-10 overall record and a 9-7 mark in Conference play.

Albright-Dieterle recently finished her fifth season ( 96-52, .649) at the helm in Madison and her 15th overall as a collegiate head coach (284-162, .637). She has led the Badgers to three NCAA Tournaments and has guided the team to five straight winning seasons, a school record. Last year, the Badgers advanced to the WNIT Championship game. During her tenure, Wisconsin has set numerous Conference attendance records and has become a mainstay among the nation’s leaders in fan support. In 1995, Albright-Dieterle was named the Big Ten and WBCA District IV Coach of the Year. She led the U.S. William R. Jones Cup team to the gold medal in 1996.

Big Ten men’s teams have posted a 68-27 record in the nine years of the foreign tour and have given nearly 112 student-athletes the opportunity to travel to such places as Japan, France, Italy, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.